Re­fus­ing to give up

The Southern Gazette - - Ed­i­to­rial - Dana Feltham writes from St. John’s

Luck­ily, with the en­cour­age­ment of a col­league and friend, I at­tended a con­fer­ence where I made a fan­tas­tic con­nec­tion and was hired by the prov­ince in a tem­po­rary po­si­tion. I rel­ished go­ing to work each day.

I learned some new skills and met some won­der­ful peo­ple.

Un­for­tu­nately, the needs of the depart­ment changed, a dif­fer­ent skill set was re­quired, and I find my­self (once again) un­em­ployed.

I feel cheated, to some de­gree.

Grow­ing up, I had al­ways been told that if I was ed­u­cated and worked hard, suc­cess would come. But here I sit, one course away from my third de­gree, and with no job. I am sure I could find a job in Toronto or Ot­tawa in a heart­beat - but I don’t want to leave.

My hus­band works here, my son is es­tab­lished in his own lit­tle world, and my el­derly par­ents are here.

Aside from all of those rea­sons for stay­ing, the big­gest rea­son is that refuse to give up on this prov­ince.

We face mas­sive hur­dles but I re­main con­vinced that we can get our act to­gether and I want to be a part of that.

Maybe a fourth de­gree will help?

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